Self-driving cars and chess-playing computers might be the first things that come to your mind when you think about Artificial Intelligence (AI), but as a concept, AI’s not exactly new. Go back to the ancient Greeks, and you’ll discover Talos, a mythological giant automaton warrior made of bronze. In fact, that’s not the only example from Greek mythology of what we’d consider an AI – Hephaestus, the God of Technology, was also said to have created automated servants ( some human-like, and others wheeled tripods. Then there’s the mud-creature Golem from Jewish lore. Coming back to relatively recent times, you could even consider Frankenstein’s monster to be a kind of intelligent automaton. Nearly every culture has stories about man-made creatures that could think and act on their own but given that we’re a species that’s always tried to play God, it seems only natural. From Chess To Ex Machina, Artificial Intelligence Is On The Verge Of Heralding A Cultural Revolution

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